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  • Happy Mother’s Day by Guest Blogger, My Son

    By Ilana Angel

    May 11, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    In honor of Mother’s Day, I am submitting my mother's blog and would like to give 17 reasons as to why my Mother is the best, on account of the fact that is how many Mother’s Days she has had.

    1. She is extremely uplifting. She tells me how proud she is of me, and how incredible...

  • Mother’s Day: Redefined

    May 10, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    There are tons of stereotypes about Jewish women … the overbearing matriarch, the do-it-all maven, the neurotic meshugennah, the your-business-is-my-business yenta. You might embody an aspect of one or none of these. You might love the idea. Or shudder at the thought of it....

  • Saying Goodbye

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2012 | 5:51 pm

    I left the home of my mother and sister yesterday and my heart is broken.  Saying goodbye to my mother is crushing and I can hardly breathe.  It is painful to live so far from her.  When my mother left Israel with her young family, my grandmother saw them off and my mother vividly...

  • Visiting My Father

    By Ilana Angel

    August 15, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Today I went to visit my Dad.  It was very emotional and painful.  I miss him every single day and my heart is broken that he is gone.  I see him in my son, and in myself, but the ache of his passing has gotten deeper with time.  With each accomplishment of my child, each tear of my...

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  • My Mother, My Son, Myself—Happy Mother’s Day

    By Ilana Angel

    May 13, 2012 | 7:58 am

    I am sad to be away from my mother on Mother’s Day.  I’ve been thinking back and I don’t believe I have been with my mom on Mother’s Day for 20 years, which seems so wrong.  We talk of course, but it’s not the same thing.  Ever since I became a mother myself, we have had...

  • Homework: Perspectives of a Mother & her Son

    By Ilana Angel

    April 23, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    If you read my blog on a regular basis, or happen to stumble upon it on one of the days I write about my son, you know that I love him in a profound way.  He is perfection to me and there is nothing I would not do for this kid. 

    We don’t fight, but when there is a difference of...

  • A Nightmare 16 Years In The Making

    By Ilana Angel

    April 9, 2012 | 10:48 pm

    It has been a very interesting weekend.  By interesting of course I mean stressful, sad, and frightening.  It was Passover, which was wonderful.  It was my birthday, which was wonderful.  It was also the first time my son took the car out on his own, which was wonderful for him, but...

  • Mom vs. Mooooooooooom

    By Ilana Angel

    March 12, 2012 | 4:19 am

    My son started to not feel good last week.  He was stuffed up, had a sore throat, and was achy.  I figured he was catching a cold, or perhaps just run down as his schedule with school, homework, extracurricular activities, and an insane social life, was taking a toll.  I kept him...

  • Happy Sweet 16

    By Ilana Angel

    January 18, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    My son is turning 16 this week.  He is a remarkable human being and I am blessed and honored to be his mother.  To mark this most special of occasions, I want to share 16 things that I think he should know.

    1.  Driving is a privilege and you must respect the power of being behind...

  • HOOTERS, children and me being the greatest parent that ever lived…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Yesterday was the last day of my children’s freedom, and incidentally the last day of my imprisonment.  As I counted down the dwindling hours of winter break, I was also counting down the hours till my head was going to stop throbbing and my voice would sound human again (oppose to a...

  • Brandi Glanville, LeAnn Rimes & Twitter

    By Ilana Angel

    December 23, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    There have been a lot of articles written lately about reality TV star Brandi Glanville and LeAnn Rimes.  To recap: Brandi was married to actor Eddie Cibrian, and they have 2 young sons.  Eddie cheated on Brandi with LeAnn while making a movie together.  He left Brandi for LeAnn, and...

  • A Teenager Drives, A Teenager Dies & a Mother Cries

    By Ilana Angel

    August 25, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    I spent Thursday afternoon with my son at the DMV.  It was exciting and scary, and yes, since you asked, I cried.  When he passed the test he went through the entire room and high fived everyone.  It was really fantastic and I was so proud of him.  Watching this child grow up is my...

  • Natalie Portman ponders coming out of maternity leave

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 25, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman is considering returning to the big screen for the indie movie Adaline, which would be her first since giving birth to her son, Aleph, this past June, reports Hollywoodnews.com. Portman, 30, has reportedly been offered the lead role in the film about a woman who stops aging after an accident. Eternal youth makes for a compelling fairy tale, but in this one, it is love that tempts Portman’s character to surrender her immortality. Read more at People.com.

  • Express Lines, Personal Space, Stupid People & Meeting Weird Men

    By Ilana Angel

    August 5, 2011 | 12:54 am

    Yesterday I went to the grocery store.  It was super hot out, had been a long day, my son left for a camping trip, I was sucked into stupid drama, had a headache, and wanted to get in and out of the store in a hurry.  I raced through the market on a mission, and ended up in the...

  • The Son Will Come Out Tomorrow!

    By Ilana Angel

    July 31, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    The sun’ll come out
    Tomorrow
    Bet your bottom dollar
    That tomorrow
    There’ll be SON!

    After 31 days my son will be home tomorrow.  I have missed him more than I thought I would, and I thought it would be a lot.  On one hand I feel like the time has been passing slowly, and on the...

  • A Mother Who Loves Her Child and a Child Who Loves Her Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    July 29, 2011 | 10:43 am

    It is Friday and I have never looked so forward to a weekend in my life.  My son will be home from vacation on Monday and so this weekend will undoubtedly be painfully long.  I am so excited for him to come home I could bust.  It has been 4 weeks and I want him back.

    I was thinking...

  • A Teenage Boy, a Laughing Mom, Sex, Condoms & a Twitching Eye

    By Ilana Angel

    July 6, 2011 | 11:49 pm

    I have a great kid.  He is perfection and I seriously love him.  He was a fabulous baby, divine toddler, fantastic tween, and is a wonderful teenager. We are very close and when it comes to sex, he comes to me to talk about it. When he was younger and had questions, I suggested he...

  • A Single Mom, Summer Vacation, Crying, Irrational Behavior & Being Single

    By Ilana Angel

    June 30, 2011 | 8:59 am

    I have been a single mother since my son was six months old.  My entire life is wrapped around this boy and my heart functions because of him.  I’m not kidding.  My decisions for myself are made with him in mind, and the choices I make put him and his needs first.  That’s just...

  • Soviet Dentists and My Anxiety…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 13, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    Is it just me or do other people have a huge phobia of Dentists?  I don’t know why I have such a fear of them, but I do know that I’d rather have another baby than go to the Dentist.  Actually, now that I think about it, I would even prefer a colonoscopy to having someone put...

  • Jury Duty!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 23, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    As much as I love to participate in any and all civic duties, being chosen for Jury Duty just wasn’t going to happen.  Believe it or not, this was the first time I had ever received a notification requiring me to fulfill my civil duty.  As I opened the letter, immediately I started...

  • What a 45 year old Divorced, Jewish, Single Mom Blogger Knows For Sure

    By Ilana Angel

    April 7, 2011 | 9:31 am

    Today is my birthday and I am 45 years old.  I remember very clearly when my mother turned 40 and thinking she was ancient, so what does that make me? I can’t remember where I leave my keys most days, but I remember being young and I can honestly say that now is better.

    Life is...

  • Chicken nuggets vs. my kids school lunches, Oye Vay…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 11, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Today my 11-year-old son, Tyler shared a very interesting conversation that he had with his classmates.  It started during lunch time when he pulled out a peanut butter with bananas, and honey sandwich on whole grain bread.  After Tyler was done with it, he pulled out carrots,...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

  • Mommy Camp

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 2, 2011 | 11:50 am

    When I read about the Mom’s Retreat at Camp JCA Shalom in TRIBE’s March Calendar, I thought, “Sign me up!” A weekend—kidfree—with all the fun activities of camp: hiking, swimming, games, arts and crafts ... but even better. The weekend includes activities only a grown-up can truly...

  • Super Bowl XLV

    By Julia Bendis

    February 8, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    As we all sat around watching Super Bowl last Sunday, and I watched the commercials, I couldn’t help but cringe every time an inappropriate commercial came on.  I wouldn’t even care so much if the kids around the country weren’t watching it, including my 5 and 11-year-olds.  The...

  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • Jewish moms taking offense to ‘Tiger Mother’

    January 25, 2011 | 10:44 am

    With her take-no-prisoners approach in “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” author Amy Chua has drawn the ire of mothers across America who take exception to the draconian measures she recommends to ensure successful, prodigious offspring.

    So it’s little surprise that prominent...

  • Very random thoughts…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 21, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    As I was visiting my kids’ Pediatrician the other day, again, I thought about how often I am in there.  Is it strange that I am on a first name basis with the front desk staff, or that I know more about what’s going on in their life than I need to know?  Speaking of knowing too much...

  • Letters to Mom

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm



    Dear Mother,

    Here we are again on the plains of Bethel. We're in the 10th month of our 10th year in Canaan. Sorry I haven't written. There were so many things happening, but none of them so important to justify my negligence. The famine, Pharaoh, Avimelech, the war -- they all...
  • Brachas vs. bluegrass: moms make the switch

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Reality shows seem to be becoming less and less real every season. Exhibit A: The very intriguing but highly unlikely pairing of a Shomer Shabbos Jewish family from Brookline, Mass. (near Boston), and a coon-huntin' family from Olympia, Ky. (on a map that would be nowhere near a...
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